Over 500 people, from more than 75 countries, will be sworn in by The Honorable Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Circuit Court Judge, as new citizens of the United States of America on Monday, July 4 at Seattle Center. This is by far one of the most meaningful and moving Fourth of July events in the region. While this is an especially important day for the many new citizens, coming from a variety of nations and cultures, it is a special event for friends and families and the community at large. The Naturalization Ceremony reaffirms the deeper meaning of citizenship of the United States of America.
The ceremony will include speeches by United States Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, and U.S. Representative Jim McDermott, with Seattle City Mayor Mike McGinn as Master of Ceremonies. The Greenwood Concert Band will perform starting at 11:00am. The United States Army Color Guard will present the colors at the commencement of the ceremony at 12:00pm. The formal program will last one hour, beginning with a performance by Native American performers Gene Tagaban & Swil Kanim. The Total Experience Gospel Choir will also perform during the ceremony, and The Children of the World will lead the new citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for their first time.